Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 07.04.01

Met Ty in summer 2000 when he came up north to NuSoundLabs, with UK hip-hop dons Krispy at their live-in studio up in Chorley, in them there Lancashire hills, to guest-MC on up-coming 'Millenium Funk EP' track 'Dress Back', and was pretty unaware of his presence on the UKHH scene, having only heard The Nextmen ft. Ty 'Turn It Up A Little'

In these intervening months I had discovered his truly original voice & refreshingly individual take on hip-hop & spoken word. In January 2001 LP 'Awkward' (Big Dada) was released. It announced a new artist, (wide-ranging both in musical talents & scope), and confirmed the Ninja-Tune offshoot Big Dada as a major UK record label (wide-ranging both etc.). To have an artist like Roots Manuva was an absolute coup for any label, (if not an also equally proportioned management headache), but to have signed a second similarly multi-talented artist was simply genius! On a dazzling debut he tried on several musical hats/styles but each still had the inimitable Ty personality all over them! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj6MFr_mXms&feature=related)

(By the time the second slice of Ty arrived, 2003's 'Upwards' (Big Dada), the world WAS listening & it duly received a Mercury Prize nomination): Tonight Ty + DJ Bizzniss come to the Roadhouse basement night Friends-&-Family! It's most of our audience's first encounter with the softly delivered world of Ty. After running through LP tracks 'Walk With Your Ego', 'The Nonsense', 'Mind Made Up', 'Jealousy', we get an added extra treat as Krispy (Mikey D.O.N & Da Wizz) take to the stage for a couple of their original UKHH hits + their Ty collabo. By evenings end we have a roomful of fans, Ty works hard & wins hearts

Keeping the faithful amused until Ty takes the stage is Friends-&-Family original (alongside Aim & Martin Brew)resident Henry Smithson (AKA Riton) who seems to have trod a very deliberate path to Mark Rae's door. From Newcastle Uni student DJing locally, then meeting Mark & moving to Manchester; working behind the counter at Fat City Records & going on to his very first releases on Grand Central. His subsequent (2001 Grand Central) LP 'Beats Du Jour' was mainly instrumental but new material increasingly pointed him in a whole different direction. Eventually he fell-foul first with Martin at the shop & then the label but, for now, 'Aaaah the first pangs of love...' Hosting the whole wonderful affair original resident MC Chris Jam
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